Archive for January, 2011

  • Vaishno Devi

    Posted in India | January 13, 2011
    Vaishno Devi is one of the most visited pilgrimage locations in India. It is considered as among the holiest pilgrimages, or even the holiest pilgrimage. Vaishno Devi is home to the sacred shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. The deity has devotees from all over the world, as she is famously believed as a granter of wishes, and it is said that as her children, her devotees have to ask but once, and Mata or mother will fulfill it. The temple for Mata Vaishno Devi is housed in a sacred cave in the Trikuta mountain. Trikuta means three peaks, which the mountain has. There are millions of pilgrims that throng the Holy Cave annually. The number of pilgrims or yatris in one year crossed the five million mark recently and is going strong. The devotees  [...]
  • Humayun Tomb: An Extraordinary Experience

    Posted in India | January 10, 2011
    Humayun was Babur’s eldest son. He succeeded Babur at the throne, becoming Mughal Empire’s second emperor. India was ruled by him for a decade. He was overthrown by Sher Shah Suri, who was an Afghan ruler. Safavid ruler’s court served as the refuge for Humayun. On the downside, Humayun could not rule for a long period of time. He died following a fall from the Sher Mandal library’s stairs. Bega Begum was Humayun’s Persian wife. She was also known as Haji Begum. She was responsible for the construction of Humayun Tomb. It was the first structure constructed during Akbar’s reign. Humayun Tomb was built in Delhi in the sixteenth century. The mausoleum was built with the assistance of an architect from Persia, named Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath.  [...]
  • Lantau Island: A Lovely Island

    Posted in Hong Kong | January 6, 2011
    Lantau Island is Hong Kong’s largest outlaying island. It is nearly two times the size of the island of Hong Kong. Nearly one half of the island has received designation as an area for country parks. The environment at the island is tranquil and peaceful. The lush green surroundings make it a haven for hikers and nature lovers. Visitors wishing to spend an entire day at Lantau Island should utilize the Cable Car ride called Ngong Ping 360. This is Hong Kong’s newest attraction with cultural themes. It covers the regions from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village. There is the wonderful statue of the giant Buddha, who gazes serenely on the monastery of Po Lin. There are few such statues in the world which have a powerful effect on the imagination.  [...]
  • Wat Phra Kaew: A Magnificent Temple

    Posted in Thailand | January 3, 2011
    Wat Phra Kaew literally means ‘Temple of the Holy Jewel Image’. It is alternatively spelled as Wat Phra Kaeo. It is popularly known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wat Phra Kaew is situated on Bangkok’s Royal Palace Ground. It is the most sacred shrine for Buddhist in all of Thailand. Emerald Buddha is central to the temple. The statue stands at a height of two feet and is dark green. Only the king of Thailand is permitted to go near the statue. It is he who performs the temple rituals year after year. According to legend, the Emerald Buddha is quite ancient. He is said to have originated from Sri Lanka. Historians of art are of the belief that the temple was created in Thailand in the fourteenth century. The image of the Buddha has  [...]
  • Mohenjo daro: Its Magnificence

    Posted in India | January 1, 2011
    Mohanjo daro is the alternative spelling of Mohenjo Daro. It literally means ‘Mound of Mohan’. Moenjo daro means ‘Mound of the Dead’. Mohenjo daro is a vital site of Indus civilization. It is located in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Indus River’s floodplain lies in close proximity. Mohenjo daro is the largest site when it comes to Indus cities. It is spread over an area of 250 hectares. The town was most probably inhabited between BC 2600 and BC 1900. Mohenjo daro is a well-preserved site belonging to the Indus Valley civilization. Fired adobe brick was used for construction work. The site saw early occupation in 3500 BC. Continuous occupation continued between BC 1700 and BC 1300. With the decline of the Harappan occupation, Mohenjo  [...]